Paying attention to your mental health is a lot like paying attention to your physical health. Having a stuffy nose for a day or two may contribute to a slightly more stressful week — it’s not ideal, but it can happen every now and then. You can have peace of mind knowing it will be over soon.
If your stuffy nose sticks around for a while and evolves to include a sore throat, you might be more inclined to visit a doctor to see what’s going on. In the same way, if you’ve been struggling with your mental health for quite some time without much alleviation, it could be time to consider reaching out to a licensed psychologist to figure out what might be going on.
If your mental health starts to regularly interfere with your everyday life, receiving care from a professional can be just the thing to get you back on track. A licensed psychologist can help with everything from shorter-term stressors to more serious mental health disorders.
We understand it can be intimidating to reach out to a psychologist to seek help for yourself, but if you’re ready to take the first step, we’re here to help. Call our Thriveworks office located in Flowood, MS to book your first appointment or use our online booking tool instead.
Why Consult With a Psychologist?
There are many different types of mental health professionals, from therapists to life coaches to psychologists. Clinical psychologists are mental health professionals who have earned their advanced degree, usually a Ph.D., in psychology and are board-certified to provide treatment to clients.
Psychologists are primary practitioners of psychotherapy, or talk therapy. Psychotherapy is a form of treatment that helps clients deepen their understanding of their emotional and mental health and in the process learn to identify and overcome present and future challenges. The word “challenges” may seem broad, but the range of issues that a psychologist can help you with is expansive.
For instance, you might be interested in seeing a psychologist if you’re:
- Frequently feeling out of control of your emotional responses
- Not understanding why your mood drastically fluctuates
- Having difficulty starting and maintaining relationships
- Struggling in the aftermath of a breakup or end of a relationship
- Feeling uncertain or unconfident in your career path
- Dealing with a mental disorder like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, etc.
- Stumbling to find your footing after a major life change, such as a move
- Developing and relying upon unhealthy habits such as diet, gambling, or substance abuse
- Having trouble coping with the grief and the loss of a loved one
- Looking to better yourself
In many cases, a psychologist will be trained in a specialty area. While psychologists will always strive to make sure you feel safe and comfortable, finding a provider that deals specifically with the issues you’re facing can optimize the effectiveness of your treatment.
At Thriveworks in Flowood, MS, we want to match you with the psychologist that is right for your unique needs.
The Benefits of Psychological Treatment
What psychological treatment looks like can differ from person to person depending on their situation. Typically, talk therapy sessions are held once a week (though it’s normal for it to be more or less) and can last from 40 minutes to an hour.
When you start, your psychologist will take time to discuss what brought you to therapy, what goals you might have for your treatment, and get to know you better. They also might run some psychological tests so that they can give you a diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan.
It’s not uncommon in therapy to dive deep into certain thoughts and behaviors of yours that you might not have considered important. Frequently, when discussing one issue an underlying issue you’d never thought before can pop up. Reaching these realizations under the guidance of a licensed psychologist can help you process and work through them.
Working with a psychologist can help you develop skills that address your current challenges, as well as future challenges that may arise once you complete treatment, such as:
- Active listening
- Radical acceptance
- Emotional processing
- Clear communicating
- Patience when making progress
- Knowing your values
Our psychologists in Flowood, MS are here to support you when you’re ready to take the first step.
Booking Appointments With a Psychologist in Flowood, MS
At Thriveworks Counseling, getting access to quality mental health care is easy. We offer appointments during the morning, afternoon, and evening during the week and on the weekends. These sessions can happen at our office located in Flowood, MS or online via a phone call or video chat.
When you call to enroll, you’ll also gain access to exclusive online benefits like:
- Our Therapy Buddy mobile app
- Penalty-free cancellations
- Text support via our Success Navigator for scheduling and billing
- Free e-book “Leaving Depression Behind”
Could you improve your life through working with a Thriveworks psychologist? Consider calling our office today or book an appointment online.